Centipedes don’t have 100 legs. Discover the truth behind the myth!

There are several species of centipedes and the vast majority do not have 100 legs as we all believed. The number of legs a centipede has depends on the number of segments that make up its body, and these vary by species. Centipedes have one pair of legs on each segment and two pairs on each of the last two segments.

Although not all of them have the same number of legs (they have 15 to 170 pairs with spines and nails), they do have a long and narrow body in common, and their first two legs have poisonous glands that are used to attack.

Although we all saw the centipede as a harmless animal, it is a predator (it feeds on any type of insect, earthworm and mollusk). Even the females must protect their eggs from the males, hiding them and then leaving them to fend for themselves.

It is aggressive and does not back down when fighting for its prey. He makes use of his poison to paralyze his rival, and is elusive as he burrows into the ground.


Source: Diario Ecologia by diarioecologia.com.

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